Football: Broncos roll past Rangers for 4-0 start

FORT WORTH — Everything the Denton Broncos did in preparation for Friday’s district-opening showdown on the road against Saginaw Chisholm Trail was done with one word in mind — fast. The Broncos used an early Chisholm Trail turnover and a quick score to get themselves off on the right foot on the way to a two-possession lead at halftime, as they eventually defeated the Rangers 50-14 to move to 4-0 on the season.

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Football: Broncos start district play against Rangers

The Denton Broncos have shot out to a perfect nondistrict start, showing off a balanced offense and a dynamic defense. But when they face Saginaw Chisholm Trail on the road today, they’re preparing to start the first of two new seasons — the district schedule and the playoffs.

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Football: Key takeaway

Most of the time, when a team wins the turnover battle, it wins the game. Through three games, the Denton Broncos have forced 10 turnovers — with four in each of their past two games — and are off to a 3-0 start.

Volleyball: Lady Broncos prevail in five after dropping two straight sets

In a showdown between two District 5-5A unbeatens, the Denton Lady Broncos waited until the last minute to pull a victory out of the fire as they overcame visiting Wichita Falls Rider 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 28-30, 17-15 on Tuesday night.

Football: Balanced Broncos go to 3-0

After relying on the running game in their first two victories, the Denton Broncos knew that they were going to see Friday’s opponent Carrollton Creekview focus on stopping it. Instead, they went to the air for a more balanced attack.

Football: Denton aims for a quick start tonight

Through the first two weeks of the season, the Denton Broncos have earned the wins they’ve desired, but the games haven’t exactly started according to plan. Against Carrollton Creekview today in their first home game of the season, the Broncos will look to start fast and head into their bye week with a perfect 3-0 record.

Volleyball: Denton dominates against Fossil Ridge

Junior outside hitter Kenzie Dozier credited her setters and the defense for why she had such a productive game against Keller Fossil Ridge on Tuesday. With District 5-5A play just around the corner, Dozier’s team-leading 13 kills helped the Lady Broncos rediscover some much-needed chemistry on the way to a swift sweep of the Lady Panthers 25-14, 25-14, 25-19.

Football: Scott’s five scores give Broncos win

GRANBURY — The Denton Broncos have a saying they repeat frequently. “Run to win.” After leading his team to its first win of the season against Wilmer-Hutchins, junior running back Xavier Scott found a way to outdo himself. Scott rushed for 304 yards and five touchdowns to guide the Broncos to a 48-28 win over Granbury in a turnover-laden tilt on the road on Friday.

Football: Atkinson faces his old team

When Denton coach Kevin Atkinson returns to Granbury this Friday night, it will be a homecoming of sorts for the coach who spent most of his youth in the town.

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Denton’s Clark set for a new role with team

When Denton senior offensive lineman Rowdy Clark felt his right knee hurting at one of North Texas’ summer football camps in June, he knew something was wrong, but didn’t know to what extent.After getting...

Volleyball: Denton tops Ryan in rivalry

The atmosphere on Tuesday night inside Billy Ryan Gym was one that was fitting for a meeting for crosstown rivals.

Football: Broncos cruise past Eagles

DALLAS — Junior running back Xavier Scott had only fumbled twice in his varsity career heading into the Broncos’ season-opening game at Wilmer-Hutchins on Friday. On Denton’s first offensive possession of the game, Scott fumbled to squander supreme field position away at the Eagles’ 20-yard line. But that didn’t deter Scott from refocusing and putting the team on his shoulders to the tune of 160 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos took down Wilmer-Hutchins 28-14.

Football: Denton gets fast Eagles for opener

Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov was famous for helping introduce the idea of classical conditioning, in which he conducted an experiment with a dog, meat powder and a bell.

Volleyball: Lady Eagles rally to knock off Denton in five sets

ARGYLE — Falling behind 2-1 with a razor-thin loss to Denton in the third set, the Argyle Lady Eagles had lost their aggressive demeanor. Rediscovering their enthusiasm and offensive purpose, the Lady Eagles fought back and edged out the Lady Broncos in the decisive fifth set for a 25-20, 21-25, 29-31, 25-17, 16-14 victory Tuesday.

Football: Broncos find defense to be strength

Denton coach Kevin Atkinson had been worrying about his offense in the weeks of practice leading up to Friday’s scrimmage against Little Elm at Bronco Field.

Football: Denton teams head into final tuneups

Over the years, Guyer coach John Walsh has tested his relatively young program against some of the most tradition-rich teams in the state.

Thompson takes lead in compensation suit against NCAA

Derek Thompson, North Texas’ former starting quarterback, has agreed to be the lead plaintiff in a federal antitrust lawsuit alleging that the NCAA and its member conferences have conspired to deny college athletes adequate compensation for their performances.

Volleyball: Ryan ready for play on own floor in Classic

The unfinished email Ryan coach Cindy Williams started Wednesday morning was still open on her computer that afternoon.

Volleyball: Denton rolls past Liberty in season-opening sweep

In Denton’s season opener against visiting Liberty Christian on Tuesday, the Lady Broncos wrote a similar script in each of the three sets.

Football: Atkinson: ‘They’re buying what we’re selling’

In their first fall practice of the season and their third under coach Kevin Atkinson, the Denton Broncos are buying into the core football principles and acclimating to the team’s standards.

Football: New districts mean new opportunities for local teams

Lake Dallas coach Michael Young has plenty of reasons to be excited and optimistic as the Falcons begin football workouts today. For starters, a lot of his sophomore starters from a 6-4 2013 campaign are now juniors with more experience under their belts. Also, while there are not a ton of new faces on the roster, the Falcons have fresh faces to go up against once the season begins in less than three weeks.

Local volleyball teams face changing landscape

A strong argument could have been made last year that Argyle’s volleyball team was the second-best in all of Class 3A.

Kinne to join Denton football staff

Denton High head football coach Kevin Atkinson was looking for coaches with experience to add to his staff heading into his third season with the Broncos. Experience is not something Gary Joe Kinne is short on.

Quick ascent

FRISCO — After Hunter Dozier doubled to deep center field in the top of the fifth inning, it wasn’t hard to spot his 100 or so supporters behind the first-base dugout.

Water polo: Denton teams await UIL decision

When the Denton school district’s water polo program was created in 1999, coach Chris Cullen and his teams struggled, to say the least.

Baseball: Denton’s Dozier promoted to Double-A

When former Denton standout Hunter Dozier hit the beach during the Carolina League’s All-Star break, he was planning on returning to his minor-league baseball club in Wilmington, Delaware, after the break.

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Derek Thompson to coach football, basketball at Denton

Derek Thompson knew that if he didn’t play football beyond his days at North Texas he would follow in his mother’s footsteps and coach on the high school level.

Baseball: Coach of the year

Tim Tadlock felt like he had reached a crossroads in his coaching career in 2005.

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Baseball: Pitchers’ go-to guy

Skip Johnson’s ability to teach people how to throw a baseball 60 feet, 6 inches has impacted where youngsters have gone to college, turned college pitchers into major-leaguers and helped turn professional pitchers into millionaires.

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Soccer: Broncos’ new coach ready to inject a winning attitude

From the first summer workout to the last game of the season, Denton’s Ryan Dunlevy has cultivated a winning attitude and a family atmosphere with his energy and expectations.

Baseball: Youthful approach

Playing baseball in the street is all Denton’s Nick Buck would ever look forward to as a 5-year old kid.

Softball: Sanger trio highlights all-district selections

The Sanger softball team matched last season’s run to the Class 3A Region II semifinals with a handful of star players this season who led a young Lady Indians team with several starting freshmen.

Boys soccer: Denton’s Heffley ready to retire from coaching

Through some down years and Denton’s recent run of success, coach Scott Heffley has seen the boys soccer team lose and regain its grasp on the fundamentals.

Football: Broncos exercise competitive spirit

Less than a minute into the second half of Denton’s spring game at Bronco Field, wide receiver Key’andre Hearvey was tagged with an offensive pass interference penalty and fell to his knees in disbelief.

Football: Broncos’ growth to be on display

Propagating timber bamboo is how Denton head coach Kevin Atkinson sees the growth of his football team and with today’s spring game celebrating the Broncos development; it’s also time to see some tangible maturation.

Beer, Ellis named year’s top athletes

When Monday night was over and the Greater Denton Sports Commission banquet was done, several area athletes and others in the community were recognized for their achievements on and off the field last season.

Seven Broncos sign letters of intent

Seven athletes from Denton High School signed national letters of intent Friday, including three in football, two from the girls basketball team and one each from baseball and water polo.

Greater Denton Sports Commission banquet set for Monday

Mitch Gaylord, a member of the gold medal-winning United States men’s gymnastics team at the 1984 Olympics, will be the featured speaker at the 12th annual Greater Denton Sports Commission awards banquet on Monday.

Soccer: Alspach named 11-4A MVP

A year removed from winning the Class 4A state championship, the Guyer girls soccer team fell short of repeating in 2014 but still was well represented on the All-District 11-4A team.

Water polo: Denton boys place second at regional

The Denton boys competed this weekend in the TISCA North Region tournament, where they took second place, with Thomas Hyvarinen earning MVP honors and Michael Adami earning a spot on the all-tournament first team.

Football: Spring practice brings mixed agendas

With the Guyer, Denton and Lake Dallas football teams beginning spring practice, evaluation and strength building are on their coaches’ minds.

Track and field: Guyer girls win regional track crown

Six Guyer athletes won events Saturday at the Class 4A Region I track meet to help lead the Wildcats to respective first- and second-place finishes in the girls and boys team standings.

Track and field: Norton wins 3,200, earns state berth

Guyer’s Devin Norton became the first local athlete to punch a ticket to next week’s UIL state track and field meet, winning the girls 3,200 meters at the Class 4A Region I meet at Abilene’s McMurry University on Friday.

Track & field: Broncos sending much larger contingent

If you ask Denton coach Justin Schuff, the true mark of an established athletic program is how a team performs at its district track meet. After sending just one athlete to regionals last season, this year at the District 5-4A meet the Denton boys qualified eight in six events for the Class 4A Region I meet in Abilene at McMurry. Schuff attributed the jump in success to the commitment of seniors Ke’Von Buris and Maurice Wharton as well as an infusion of talented underclassmen.

Girls basketball: Denton hires Ryan’s Taylor as head coach

After eight years at Ryan as an assistant coach, Erin Taylor has been selected as Denton’s next head girls basketball coach, replacing the retiring Dennis Krishka.

Baseball: Denton’s Harrison says goodbye to coaching

Don’t get too high or too low. That’s been one of Glen Harrison’s main mantras to success during his 28 years of coaching football and baseball.

Baseball: Broncos blast Brewer

Heading into the final inning Tuesday night, Denton starting pitcher Roman Arnold took on the mindset of a closer. He put the first six innings behind him and concentrated on the task at hand.

Girls basketball: Denton coach Krishka to retire

During 38 years of coaching, Denton’s Dennis Krishka took a different approach to the game of basketball. He established the framework of a team through several avenues, not taking the abrasive route of some of his mentors, while taking pride in his ability to build a program.

Baseball: Broncos walk off with win over Guyer

As soon as he reached the dugout in the middle of the seventh inning, Denton ace Roman Arnold walked up to coach Glen Harrison and asked if he could stay on the mound should the game go to extra innings.

Track and field: Guyer sweeps 5-4A team titles

LITTLE ELM — The Guyer track programs won’t be missed in the coming years by their District 5-4A foes. The Guyer boys took the District 5-4A title Tuesday at Little Elm Athletic Complex, winning their fifth straight team title as a 4A program, while the Guyer girls rolled to their seventh straight in Class 4A. The boys and girls won by 80 and 109 points, respectively.